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Snow alternatives in the world heritage region

Try hiking, jogging, museum visits and spa days instead of cross-country skiing, ice climbing or sledding. At the moment, the valleys of the UNESCO World Heritage Region remain without snow. Only in the surrounding mountains such as the ski region Dachstein West in Gosau and the Freeride Arena on the Krippenstein has the time arrived for winter sports like skiing and snowshoeing.

On your feet and on the go

With not even a single snowflake in sight, winter holidaymakers have discovered the abundance of hiking trails in the world heritage region. From the east shore trail along Lake Hallstatt or the picturesque Echern Valley in Hallstatt to the Gosaubach Trail, the Traunreiter Trail in Bad Goisern or the Obertraun Höhenweg, there’s a lot to discover in the world heritage region.

For those who are searching for peace and relaxation, we recommend the many spas offered in the area around Lake Hallstatt and the Gosau Valley. For added variety, visit the Hallstatt World Heritage Museum or the Hand.Werk.Haus in Bad Goisern with its wide variety of traditional crafts from the Salzkammergut. Guests can also discover and explore the many themed paths (Themenwege) in Bad Goisern, Gosau, Hallstatt and Obertraun.

We’ve selected these various options from our substantial year-long programs so that you can still make the most of your winter holiday without snow.

Events

Date: Sat, Nov. 11, 2017 , 17:00 — 18:30
Ort:  Tourismusbüro Hallstatt, Seestraße 99 4830 Hallstatt
The winter landscape appears mystical and romantic during a torchlight stroll through Hallstatt. A special tour during your winter holiday in Hallstatt.

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Date: Sun, Dec. 24, 2017 , 16:00 — 17:00
Ort:  Hallstätter Marktplatz, Marktplatz 4830 Hallstatt
Famous tunes in a romantic setting in the heart of Hallstatt on Christmas Eve,

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Date: Fri, Jan. 5, 2018 , 16:45
Ort:  Gemeindeplatz Obertraun, Obertraun 180 4831 Obertraun

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Date: Sat, Jan. 6, 2018 , 14:00 — 16:00
Ort:  Kulturzentrum, 4824 Gosau
Whilst not quite the Vienna Philharmonic, they are one of the best orchestras in the World Heritage region. Enjoy waltzes of the finest!

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© Salonorchester

Book your adventure now!

Whether you’re a beginning or an experienced skier, the multi-page web portal of the holiday region Dachstein Salzkammergut (www.hallstatt.net, www.gosautal.net, www.bad-goisern.net and www.obertraun.net) offers a wide variety of resources including information about skiing, accommodations, and other news concerning winter sports in the world heritage region. Endless kilometres of ski slopes await discovery in the family-friendly ski regions of Dachstein West in Gosau and the Freeride Arena on the Krippenstein in Obertraun on Lake Hallstatt. For weekend excursions or unforgettable week-long adventures in snow, you’ll find the most beautiful hotels, holiday apartments and bed & breakfasts in our extensive accommodations registry. Book your holiday now—get out there and enjoy the winter paradise of the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut.

Bathing & Wellness

In the many spas throughout the UNESCO World Heritage Region Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut, an oasis awaits those in search of relaxation. Whether the EuroThermen Resort in Bad Ischl or the Grimming Therme in Bad Mitterndorf, guests will discover a generous assortment of saunas and swimming opportunities for the entire family. Let yourself be spoiled by the pools and spas of the Salzkammergut!

EurothermenResort Bad Ischl!

Bad Ischl | EurothermenResort Bad Ischl!: All under the same roof. A wellness centre offering Alambra, Yasumi Sauna with both indoor and outdoor saline pools.

» EurothermenResort Bad Ischl!

Daffodils Bad Aussee - Solebad & Vitalresort

Bad Aussee | Narzissen Bad Aussee: The newly built, health, spa and wellness resort, is situated in the middle of Austria’s breathtaking mountain and lake district, the Salzkammergut area.

» Daffodils Bad Aussee - Solebad & Vitalresort

Spa at Bad Mitterndorf

Bad Mitterndorf | GrimmingTherme: Spending time in the GrimmingTherme means just enjoying, nothing to care about and savoring all offers. It is an exceptional place of relaxation surrounded by a fantastic alpine landscape.

» GrimmingSpa at Bad Mitterndorf

© GrimmingTherme GmbH | Wellness im Salzkammergut: GrimmingTherme in Bad Mitterndorf

Gosau indoor pool

Swim a few rounds in the warm water, or just paddle about - a pleasurable way to relax and enliven. Enjoy the spectacular view of the snowy Gosau ridge.

» Gosau Indoor Pool - Bathing pleasure after skiing fun

The most beautiful attractions in winter

Even in winter when the well-known visitor magnets like the enchanting caves of Obertraun or the oldest salt mine, the Salzwelten, in Hallstatt are closed, there still so much in the region to explore. There are plentiful tourist attractions which are also open between November and March: a journey through time at the Hallstatt Museum, a shopping excursion for traditional hand-made crafts, or simply the historical ambience of picturesque village lanes. No matter the season, there’s always something wonderful to discover in the World Heritage region!

The World Heritage museum of Hallstatt

How did the people of Hallstatt live in the past? How did they earn their crust? The answers to these and other questions will be provided on a journey through time of the extra class in the heart of Hallstatt. Open all year!

» World Heritage Museum Hallstatt

Themed trail Hallstatt

Those who wish to experience more, have to take different. routes.Through the historic centre of Hallstatt with exciting stories and history. Exercise and the new insights make the theme trail an ideal leisure activity for the whole family.

» Themed trail Hallstatt

5Fingers & Welterbespirale viewing platform in winter

Obertraun | when It is once again taking a little longer for the snow to arrive. Our tip: Get up onto the Krippenstein adventure mountain.

» 5Fingers & Welterbespirale viewing platform in winter

Imperial Villa

Bad Ischl | Over many decades and into the 20th century European history was made in the Kaiservilla and Bad Ischl became the shadow capital of the powerful Danube Monarchy.

» Imperial Villa

© STMG | Kaiservilla in Bad Ischl: Besuch in “Sissi Sommer Residenz“

The Neuwildenstein Stately Home

Bad Goisern | Hand.Werk.Haus: Still not found any souvenirs from your vacation? Then why not take a look at Hand.Werk.Haus Goisern in the town's centre. Here you will find a large selection of unique handicrafts "Made in Salzkammergut" for all occasions.

» The Neuwildenstein Stately Home

Mountain of treasures

Altaussee | Salzwelten: The Altausee Salzwelten salt mines offers a mountain of treasures for the whole family and this all year round every Wednesday with a special evening tour starting at 19:00 hrs.

» Mountain of treasures

Archaeological excavations in Hallstatt

The sensational findings and centuries-old remains of settlements in the centre of Hallstatt made the "cellar full of history" a real spectator magnet. A must see!

» Archaeological excavations in Hallstatt

Hiking Alternatives

While the snows of winter keep us all waiting, guests can use the opportunity to explore the numerous hiking paths and beautiful natural surroundings of the holiday region Dachstein Salzkammergut. Abundant walking and hiking paths, such as the east shore path, the Koppenwinkel nature preserve in Obertraun, or the Gosaubach path through the Gosau Valley, offer fantastic opportunities for enjoyment. To aid in your planning, we’ve put together a list of the most beloved routes and hope you have a great time discovering this region of mountains and lakes.

Figures and legends trail

Bad Goisern | You wil be accompanied by fabulous figures carved from tree trunks. From here, you can enjoy a fantastic view across the Goisern valley. 

» Figures and legends trail

To Austria’s last wooden logging dam

Bad Goisern | Chorinsky Klause (logging dam): Through the romantic Weißenbach valley to the last wooden logging dam in Austria. About a three-hour adventure hike for the whole family.

» To Austria’s last wooden logging dam

Family hiking trail

Hallstatt/Obertraun | East bank trail: along the lake of Hallstatt from Obersee to Obertraun, about 3 hours; around the Hallstätter Lake, about 7 hours! 

» Family hiking trail

Panoramic view waterfall wall

Obertraun | Wasserfallwand (waterfall wall): An easy hike for those who want to take it easy. Far away from any hustle and bustle, you will get to enjoy a magnificent view of Lake Hallstatt and the surrounding mountains.

» Panoramic view waterfall wall in Obertraun

© Kraft | Wanderung zur Wasserfallwand in Obertraun im Salzkammergut

Enjoy a gentle tour

The winter in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut has many facets - also a very tranquil one. As a nature lover, you can enjoy the snowy winter landscape around Lake Hallstatt and Gosau Valley at its most romantic. Many prepared winter hiking trails invite you to relax, marvel and enjoy the snow-covered landscape. The smooth, soft crunching of the snow, the wintry silence and the magnificent winter scenery all have magical power. Numerous winter trails are even located right on the doorstep of your hosts and together with the thermal spa offerings they make a perfect combination for a great winter vacation around Lake Hallstatt. See you in Austria!

Jedes Bild ein kleines Stück Urlaub

Wintersportler aufgepasst: In unserem großen Angebot an Webcams in der Ferienregion Dachstein Salzkammergut geben wir Ihnen einen Überblick über die aktuelle Wetterlage. Im Skigebiet Dachstein West in Gosau fangen gleich vier Kameras die aktuelle Wetterlage ein, in der FreeRideArena auf dem Krippenstein in Obertraun am Hallstättersee verrät die Webcam an der Bergstation die genauen Wetterdaten. Ideal für Skifahrer, Snowboarder, Tourenskigänger oder Schneeschuhwanderer! Entdecken Sie Ihre Heimat neu oder lassen Sie Ihrem Fernweh freien Lauf!

Salzkammergut Winter-Card

Take advantage of the Salzkammergut Winter Card and enjoy discounts for many winter offers in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut..

» Salzkammergut Winter-Card

© Salzkammergut Tourismus-Marketing GmbH

Book your adventure now!

Whether you’re a beginning or an experienced skier, the multi-page web portal of the holiday region Dachstein Salzkammergut (www.hallstatt.net, www.gosautal.net, www.bad-goisern.net and www.obertraun.net) offers a wide variety of resources including information about skiing, accommodations, and other news concerning winter sports in the world heritage region. Endless kilometres of ski slopes await discovery in the family-friendly ski regions of Dachstein West in Gosau and the Freeride Arena on the Krippenstein in Obertraun on Lake Hallstatt. For weekend excursions or unforgettable week-long adventures in snow, you’ll find the most beautiful hotels, holiday apartments and bed & breakfasts in our extensive accommodations registry. Book your holiday now—get out there and enjoy the winter paradise of the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut.

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